Indiana Finishes a League-Leading Ninth at NCAA Championships

March 21, 2005

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Indiana led all Big Ten schools at the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships this past weekend as the Hoosiers finished in ninth place with 112 points.  The finish is the best in IU history, bettering the previous standard set in 2002 when Indiana tied for 10th place. 

Additionally, the Cream and Crimson claimed its first individual championship since 1996 as Cassandra Cardinell of Indiana won the platform diving title.  The senior is also the first Conference individual champion since Minnesota's Gretchen Hegener won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1997.  Also picking up an award for the Hoosiers was diving mentor Dr. Jeff Huber, as he earned Diving Coach of the Meet honors.

Also posting top five performances in the diving portion were Iowa's Nancilea Underwood and Purdue's Carrie McCambridge.  Underwood placed third in the one-meter springboard finals (321.40) and took runner-up off the three-meter board (561.84).  McCambridge finished behind Underwood in both the one-and three-meter events as she finished fourth (314.40) and third (558.90), respectively. 

In other action in the three-day event, Michigan's 200-yard freestyle relay placed fifth, while Wisconsin's Carly Piper took fourth in both the 500- (4:39.81) and 1,650-yard freestyle (16:01.74) events.  Penn State competed in both the championship finals of the 200- and 400-yard medley relay and finished in seventh in both events with marks of 1:40.47 and 3:39.58, respectively.  The Wolverines' Lindsey Smith finished eighth in the 200-yard freestyle posting a championship final time of 1:48.01.  Indiana's Leila Vaziri recorded a seventh-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke as the sophomore finished in 54.20.  The Badgers 800-yard freestyle relay team came in seventh (7:12.70), while Amalia Sarnecki of Wisconsin claimed eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke as the junior finished in 2:12.52.  In the last event of the championships, Michigan placed seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:18.83).